Organic gardening is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can enjoy it. That said, beginners often find it hard to get comfortable with the rhythms of organic gardening. How can you begin to learn about organic gardening?
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Some of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
For weeds that aren’t in the middle of your plants, use boiling water to kill their roots. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. You will be able to stay away from harsh chemical based pesticides by incorporating these techniques into your gardening.
Look for evergreen variants that produce berries. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. The American Holly, American Cranberrybush, the Winterberry, and the Common Snowberry help provide color during the winter.
You can create a great English garden by mixing types and sizes in one bed. If plants have the same growth height, the bed will appear flat and not have much interest.
Coffee grounds are good for your soil. Coffee grounds contain many of the essential nitrogenous nutrients that plants are able to use. Your plants will really bloom if they get the nitrogen they need from coffee grounds or compost or diluted urea.
Space is very important when you plant an organic garden. Many people don’t realize exactly how much space a plant needs when it grows. You will also need to ensure that you allow ample space around full-grown plants for air circulation. Plan your garden carefully and leave enough space between the seeds.
A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Get a clean, empty glass jar to use as a trap. Bury it with its mouth facing upwards. Keep putting dirt over the jar until the mouth is at the surface of your garden. Next, fill the jar with beer until there is only one inch left below the mouth of the jar. The slugs will be drawn to the beer and then drown in the jar.
Throughout the year and in different climates, it may be necessary to vary your watering schedule. How much you water depends on the time of day, the quality of your water and the type of soil you have. In a warm and humid climate you should avoid watering the plant itself. Wet leaves promote the growth of leaf fungi. Instead, the roots should be thoroughly watered.
Soil health can be improved by adding mulch. Mulch will protect the soil it covers. It helps keep your soil cooler on warmer days, which protects the roots underneath. Mulch slows down evaporation, thus helps your soil retain its moisture. It is also very good at controlling the weeds.
With what you learned you should now feel a bit more confident when it comes to gardening, and you should think of it as an easy task to tackle now. Gardening is not only a beautiful art but also a rewarding and relaxing way to spend your time. With the proper application of these suggestions, you will be achieving amazing results in your own organic garden in no time at all!